Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lil aingil' pt 2

Holy cats!

I haven't actually watched this video, because a)I was there and don't need to, and b)I don't like looking at pictures of myself, or even the idea that they exist.

I'm only posting this as evidence that Carol Tyler pronounced my name right!

I am almost more excited about getting to meet Carol Tyler than I am about the award. Read her books and you'll understand why.

Thanks to everyone who voted! Or thought about voting! I'm gonna go continue freaking out now!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Come to SPX! Bring Money!

We're leaving for SPX tomorrow!

A ten hour road trip to Bethesda, this is going to be so great. I'm still getting over a cold, so I may just take a bunch of NyQuil and pass out until we get through the New Jersey turnpike. Our driver, Laura Terry, is a certified road warrior, so I'm sure we'll get there safe.

I'll be at table #G3 with Jon Chad, right next to our friends at One Percent Press and Sundays. I'll have copies of my new mini, Basket Ogress, of which there are only 75 signed and numbered copies, as well as Tragic Relief and the last few copies of Sketchbook Follies. They will also be plenty of copies of the Ignatz Award nominated Woman King, if anyone is interested in that sort of thing.

Jon Chad will have fresh copies of WhaleTowne, Leo Geo (with a new cover!), plus a new secret comic!

BUT that's just what'll be at our table! I also have comics in three NEW anthologies that are debuting at SPX:

The Big Sexy! An adult anthology by Offshore Comix. They were nice enough to ask me to do the cover, asking for something fun with no actual nudity, and something that would appeal to a variety of genders and sexual preferences.

And since Offshore Comix is a New England group, I thought that a game of Contact Twister would be appropriate, as it has roots in the Upper Valley. Anyway, here's the press release:

BIG SEXY includes contributions from Ignatz Award nominees Cayetano Garza Jr. and Colleen Frakes, along with a host of other emerging creators

An erotic post-war hook-up, a magic unicorn with a sexy secret, the tales of a former phone sex operator and a full-scale orgy on a city bus are among the subjects that the 17 cartoonists and comic creators tackled in the 90-page anthology.

BIG SEXY also features contributions by Bryan Stone, Jennifer Vaughn, Morgan Pielli, Rachel Dukes, Daniel Barlow, Anne Thalheimer, Colin Tedford, Tim Hulsizer, Madsahara, Joe Bacchus, Anna, Radical Warren, Meagan Frappiea, Liza Petruzzo and Denise Warren!

The comic was edited by Barlow, Tedford and Thalheimer and features a full color cover by Frakes. BIG SEXY costs $6 and is for adults only.

Shelter, the new anthology from Trees and Hills! I did another short "Space Ninja vs. Zombie" comic for this one, which is starting to feel out of place now that these books have taken a serious and more socially conscious turn. But, I'm reluctant to let the saga end. Cover is by friend and studiomate Matt Young! You can find Trees and Hills at table #C13

The Funny Aminals Anthology! I think I've already said enough about this book in previous posts. Other people have had some nice things to say about it, too. Come check it out, it'll be for sale at the I Know Joe Kimple table, #F9.

Those are my comics. Hope you get a chance to check out some of them.

Now, here's my SPX Shopping List:

  1. Snake Oil #4 by Chuck McBuck! You can also see a video preview of it here.
  2. Only Skin #4 by Sean Ford. Over the last few issues, a good part of the cast ended up wandering into the woods. Eager to find out what they'll meet there.
  3. Fire Messenger #2, by Penina Gal! A beautiful painted all-ages fantasy comic.
  4. Monsters by Ken Dahl. There's not much that I can say about this graphic novel that Alec hasn't already said. It's gorgeous, and you need to read it.
  5. Dark Corners Anthology- a horror anthology with NEW comics by Caitlin Plovnick, Mario VanBuren, Jeff Lok and Denis St. John.
  6. PS Comics by Minty Lewis. I should have picked this up at MoCCA. I failed
  7. Papercutter #11 by Tugboat Press
  8. Cross Country by MK Reed
...And then I'll be broke.
That's all. See you in Bethesda!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

IKJK Press Release

I Know Joe Kimpel Minicomics

I Know Joe Kimpel at SPX!

Well, well, believe it or not it's almost time for the 15th Annual Small Press Expo- this coming weekend, September 26th and 27th, IKJK will be representing in Bethesda, MD, with some exciting new releases. Of course we will- did you expect us to stay away?? Unfortunately, rumor has it that Joe himself will not be attending this year- ladies, calm yourselves. There will always be other chances.

Dark Corners Anthology

Dark Corners

The newest 4-Square anthology comes to you from the darkest recesses of the IKJK imagination. Four stories take four different approaches to horror, combining good old–fashioned blood-and-guts tales with suspense, surrealism and whimsy. This oversized (10" x 10") volume contains the latest, most terrifying work from Denis St. John (Monsters & Girls), Jeff Lok (Sam & Dan, Pockmarked Apocalypse), Caitlin Plovnick (Dead Air, Creepy Loser Comics), and Mario Van Buren (The Marsh, Prune Hands). Also includes original sketches from the legendary Steve Bissette (Swamp Thing, Tyrant), who draws the loveliest creepy things we have ever seen. We're having a debut discount at SPX, so stop by the IKJK table and pick up this disturbingly handsome volume for only $10.

Basket Ogress

Xeric award winner Colleen Frakes will be debuting Basket Ogress #1, an intriguing new series of minicomics. Basket Ogress #1 has a lovely screenprinted cover on French paper that comes in brown or purple. It's a limited, numbered edition of 75- so be sure to grab a few at SPX or at the IKJK store if you miss out on them there.

We're also beyond thrilled and proud of the fact that Colleen has been nominated for an Ignatz award for Promising New Talent, so be sure to vote for her if you're attending SPX! Good luck Colleen, we'll be rooting for you!

Basket Ogress #1 by Colleen Frakes

T Shirts!

Colleen has also been busy cooking up some more IKJK t shirts and we will have both Tragic Relief and Mario van Buren's Girls Don't Poop styles available at SPX.

The Tragic Relief shirts come in light blue and grey for women's sizes, and maroon or dark blue for mens. We're sold out of all the women's size small. There's medium to XL left. The Girls Don't Poop shirts are all brown (what else), and there's S-XL left in men's and women's. Be sure to pick up these limited edition tees at SPX because once they're gone, they're gone.

End of Eros

We're excited about IKJK newcomer Jose-Luis Olivares who will be bringing a new comic, End of Eros to SPX. Rob Clough from High-Low says, "Jose-Luis goes crazy with his monstrous character designs, gleefully approaching this sort of Gnostic idea with a smudgy line and dialogue that devolves into primitive symbology." Also look out for the tiny little Mans Walkin' mini-comics at SPX, along with other assorted minis by Jose-Luis.

End of Eros by Jose-Luis Olivares

Well, that's about it, don't get too excited now! Friends of IKJK will be also be out in full-force, including our pal Cayetano Garza, who has also been nominated for an Ignatz for Outstanding Online Comic for his Year of the Rat. Good luck Cat!

Other pallies of IKJK, Bryan Stone and Jeff Lok, will be debuting the anthology they co-edited, Funny Aminals, which features stories by Colleen Frakes and Cat Garza, as well as Brandon Elston, Emily Wieja, Jose Luis Olivares, Joe Lambert, Denis St. John, Kubby, Penina Gal, Bryan Stone, Jeff Lok, Morgan Pielli, and Dane Martin. With a cover by Cat Garza, an essay on the history of the funny animal comic by Steve Bissette, and games and puzzles! Plus extras! Woo hoo!

And last, but certainly not least, IKJK artist Ken Dahl will be celebrating the release of his Monsters book from Secret Acres, congrats to him! Listen, we've still got actual Monsters #2 and #3 minicomics at the IKJK store, these are gonna be collector's items now that the book is coming out and the minis are out of print, so grab them while you still can!!

See you this weekend!

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Small Press Expo, Sept. 26th and 27th in Bethesda MD

I am very excited about going to SPX. The red square is where I'll be, in case anyone wants to stop by to chat or trade comics. Many of my friends will also be there. Their tables are highlighted in orange. Will you be there?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Moral Centralia

Harvey Danger has been one of my favorite bands since high school. I've only been lucky enough to see them perform once, in 2004 at their 10 year reunion show in Seattle.

I was pretty down when I heard they were breaking up, and (after looking into prices of plane tickets) realized I wouldn't be able to attend any of the shows on their farewell tour. Though I did come REALLY close to shelling out $600 and flying to Seattle for the weekend.

But, this isn't the first time they've played a "final" show. Maybe I'll get to see them again in another ten years.

If anyone out there happens to have a copy of their new album, Dead Sea Scrolls, which was only available at the farewell tour, I would gladly pay whatever exorbitant price you've decided to charge for it.